Tell the House: It's Time for a Vote on Paycheck Fairness
Although a majority of Americans support equal pay legislation, the House of Representatives still hasn't brought up the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 377) for a vote. But we have a chance to right this wrong.
There’s an obscure House of Representatives procedure called a discharge petition, which automatically brings up a bill for a floor vote if a majority of representatives (218) sign it. As of April 8 - Equal Pay Day - 197 representatives have signed on to the discharge petition for the Paycheck Fairness Act. We just need 21 more signatures, and then the House will be forced to hole a vote on the bill.
Contact your representative, and tell them the House must vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act!
The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 that prevent the original law from better addressing the pay gap. Specifically, the Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to prove that pay disparity is based on a legitimate business reason not related to gender, or due to seniority, merit, or productivity. It would also prohibit retaliation against workers who discuss or ask about salary information.
We need the Paycheck Fairness Act to bring the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into the 21st century. Today – in 2014! – women face a gender pay gap at every education level and in every occupation, and the gap is worse for mothers and women of color. Even when comparing "apples to apples" and controlling for all factors known to affect earnings, AAUW researchers still found a 7 percent unexplainable pay gap between men and women just one year out of college – and 7 percent is no small change.
Tell your representative to sign the discharge petition and call for a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.